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Poetry and Medicine
March 6, 2018

Umbria Shook Today

JAMA. 2018;319(9):937. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.13830

But now is at rest. The ceiling
is still above us, the ground below.
I heard a guttural groan as earth
shed humans like fleas, their homes,
their churches, their idle pursuits. But

no dishes clattered to the floor,
no glasses shattered. The old farmhouse
of Floriana and Guido stays
firmly rooted in Capodarco,
fifty miles east of the epicenter.